Bruce backing Chelsea fullback Cole over tackle

Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce believes the tackle Chelsea's Ashley Cole laid on Tottenham fullback Alan Hutton was legitimate.

Bruce said: "If you slide in your studs will always be showing and I don't see anything wrong with that if you are trying to win the ball.

"With Koumas and Cole there was no suggestion of them trying to maim anyone. I'd have shown them yellows.

"It's all a bit of a lottery at the moment, we need an FA directive to clear it up."

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